Her 1995 series The Lady Killers, about women being threatened by diseases such as cervical cancer, led to the British Medical Association naming her medical broadcaster of the year. In the programme I went through each stage in the cancer journey and showed what was wrong in the UK.". Former BBC Watchdog presenter and cancer campaigner Lynn Faulds Wood has died at the age of 72. "Bobby had four years of symptoms and was told it was irritable bowel syndrome. Three years later, her World in Action programme Bobby Moore and Me, in which Faulds Wood interviewed Moore’s wife, Stephanie, revealed that the England footballer had been misdiagnosed and treated for irritable bowel syndrome for four years before he died aged 51 of bowel cancer – what Stephanie called an “unnecessary death”. She founded the charity Beating Bowel Cancer in 1997, then Lynn’s Bowel Cancer Campaign in 2003, and helped to set up the European Cancer Patient Coalition and MEPs Against Cancer to get the disease on governments’ agendas. Lynn was best known for … Mum who couldn’t afford £800 carpet makes new flooring with grey £20 B&M rugs, Brits who test positive for Covid could get three-month 'freedom pass', Naked Attraction viewers devastated as virgin, 23, is brutally dumped, Cop & paramedic lover caught selling £150-an-hour threesome sex sessions, Harry's 'publicity stunt' wreath has wilted like the public's opinion of him, ©News Group Newspapers Limited in England No. A statement from her family said she died peacefully on Friday, "having suffered a massive stroke last night and a subsequent bleed on the brain". BBC newsreader George Alagiah, who is currently being treated for bowel cancer and just survived coronavirus, added: "So sad to hear that Lynn Faulds Wood has died. But are yours important or will they go away without medical help? She later called on the government to do more to protect consumers from faulty products that can cause fires, in the wake of the Grenfell Tower fire tragedy. The passing of a private member’s bill closing the market in 1983 was a direct result of Faulds Wood’s commitment to a cause. View our online Press Pack. During her final years, Faulds Wood faced another personal battle. We made a series together which was huge fun but also very hard hitting, because she was such an impressive and courageous consumer journalist. Barium enema? Husband John, who presented the show alongside Lynn, today paid tribute to his loving wife in a moving statement. TV presenter and journalist John Stapleton has paid tribute to late wife Lynn Faulds Wood and thanked people for their messages of support after she died yesterday (24 April). The nature of her activism changed when in 1991 she was diagnosed with advanced bowel cancer. That's when I decided to give up most of my TV work and concentrate on bowel cancer.". She cared genuinely and passionately about people and their rights.When I joined Watchdog hers was the legacy we all aspired to. [1][2] She gained an MA in languages from Glasgow University. Our website was created by Lynn Faulds Wood (who survived advanced bowel cancer when presenter of BBC Watchdog) and Mike Thompson, former President of the Association of Coloproctology (bowel specialists) of Great Britain and Ireland. RIP Lynn.". In 2006 she worked with Dame Esther Rantzen to present BBC consumer rights programme Old Dogs, New Tricks. • Lynn Faulds Wood, journalist and TV presenter, born 25 March 1948; died 24 April 2020, Presenter of BBC TV’s consumer rights show Watchdog who went on to become a campaigner for bowel cancer patients. Can’t believe she has gone. Fellow TV presenter and journalist Dame Esther Rantzen led the tributes, saying: "I have known Lynn for many years. She was the real thing. 679215 Registered office: 1 London Bridge Street, London, SE1 9GF. This edition of World In Action achieved the programmes highest audience with 10.2 million viewers. The late broadcaster once appeared in an episode of French and Saunders as herself, and another comedian Rory Bremner noted on Friday how she had a great sense of fun and "loved our Watchdog [impressions]". RIP. "She was kind, generous, purposeful and strong. "She was the real thing. HEARTBROKEN journalist John Stapleton has paid tribute to his "wonderful" wife Lynn Faulds Wood after she died from a stroke. [16] She did accept an honorary doctorate from Glasgow University of which she was already a graduate. The stroke she finally suffered was a side-effect of taking blood thinners to alleviate this. "I looked miserable on camera - and I was, because it was so upsetting," she added. Groundbreaking journalism on bowel cancer all those years ago. Lynn Faulds Wood has died aged 72. [14], In 2010, Faulds Wood said that she was considering entering politics by standing for the Parliament of the United Kingdom at the general election. I have known Lynn since I was 14. Lynn works for no payment. After growing up in Auchendennan, on the western shore of Loch Lomond, and attending the Vale of Leven academy, she gained an MA in languages from Glasgow University. Lynn Faulds Wood, who has died of a stroke aged 72, was a journalist whose warm personality and relentless campaigning made her popular on screen as a … She has been involved in and helped to fund great research over the last 20 years. For further details of our complaints policy and to make a complaint please click here. While writing her Lynn’s Action Line column for the Sun, she drummed up support from 100,000 readers for the closure of Club Row, a live animal market in the East End of London that faced increasing opposition from the RSPCA and animal rights protesters. .css-8h1dth-Link{font-family:ReithSans,Helvetica,Arial,freesans,sans-serif;font-weight:700;-webkit-text-decoration:none;text-decoration:none;color:#FFFFFF;}.css-8h1dth-Link:hover,.css-8h1dth-Link:focus{-webkit-text-decoration:underline;text-decoration:underline;}Read about our approach to external linking. Faulds Wood spent months answering the mailbag of almost 30,000 letters that followed the broadcast. Lynn was born in Glasgow, to James Wood, general secretary of the Scottish Youth Hostel Association, and his wife, Betty (nee McNab), a journalist on the Helensburgh Advertiser. Faulds Wood is survived by Stapleton and their son, Nick, a documentary producer. She showed her “pen and sword” commitment by leading thousands of readers on a march to Margaret Thatcher in Downing Street. She has lived next door to my parents for decades. Millions of us have bowel symptoms every year – they are one of the biggest reasons for seeing our GPs.